Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.
A wee while ago I was contacted by Jam, a digital agency that wanted to take part in the first ever Information is Beautiful awards, aimed at showcasing excellence in information sharing and visualisation. They’d had an idea of presenting information about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in textile format and turned to me for help.
After a hectic brainstorming session at their Great Portland Street offices, we formulated the concept of Infographic Bunting, with one side of the bunting spelling out DIAMOND JUBILEE and the other side presenting social media information about the historic event.
The guys at Jam thrashed out the information to be included in the infographic pennants and we created some basic designs. At the same time, I called out for help via Facebook and was honoured with a great range of volunteers with time to spare and lethal needle skills.
We faced a tight deadline but each of the stitchers rose to the occasion and created some masterful pennants.
Floss and Mischief created the Royal Family Twee, featuring spoof Twitter accounts for the assorted Royals.
Teasemade produced a terrific piece using cake to illustrate how people were planning to celebrate the Jubilee:
Noodle’s Noggin created the Top Trumps pennant, highlighting Twitter celebs and their Monarchistic tendencies:
Rose-Heather Mikail showed the proportions of Jubilee memorabilia being mentioned on Twitter with this great applique piece:
Leigh Norris created a heatmap of where the Jubilee celebrations were being most mentioned.
Caroline Noble came up trumps by stitching all our non-infographic pennants:
And I finished up with the title, the credits and this nifty thoughtcloud from the spoof Queen’s Twitter account:
All in all it was a pretty impressive collection of handmade pennants and a fantastic way of sharing social media information.
The completed bunting looks, in my humble opinion, really terrific and now we await to hear whether it has been shortlisted in the competition. A thousand thanks to all those who helped out with the project. Fingers crossed for the outcome of the competition – I’ll keep you posted!